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End-of-Life Locomotive by shenanigan87 End-of-Life Locomotive by shenanigan87
110 497, pushing a train of n-type carriages out of Cologne Central.

Her inspection deadline runs out in January 2013, and since she's already on her second deadline extension, it will probably mean a trip to the scrapyard. It's not impossible to grant a third extension, if the machine is in good condition, but that's a rather rare occurrance. With new EMUs freeing up the younger and faster 111s, there is no interest in keeping this 44 year old beast in service. If they still work, they're used for booster trains, empty stock movements or chartered trains. If they develop some kind of fault that would require any sort of major repair, they're sent to the scrapyard. Slowly but surely, the class 110 is slipping into oblivion. This is my most recent shot of one of these, taken nine days ago. Wish they'd still come through my place like before...

Old shots of 110 497:

February 2010 (including a painting by ~aaronboydarts)



November 2008




Interesting fact: This locomotive didn't start out as a regular 110, but as a class 112, painted in TEE colours like so. In fact, Märklin has even released a model of 110 497.
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rlkitterman Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Are there any 110s in private hands or museum collections?
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shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
There are indeed! 17 locomotives have been preserved this far, most of them standing in DB's own museums, three of them in the hands of clubs. The most prominent one is probably this, an early series 110 in Rheingold livery shenanigan87.deviantart.com/ar… or one of the two high speed locomotives that were used to test new bogies, having run at 125 mph back in the day. schmalspurbahn.startbilder.de/…
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rlkitterman Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the information!  17 locomotives is a pretty good number, and it's nice to see Germany is preserving its electric locomotive heritage.  In America, our most famous electric locomotive, the Pennsylvania Railroad GG1, has about a dozen surviving examples.
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JSH50 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
The end looms on a classic locomotive!
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shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Indeed... At least there's still time to take photos, unless she develops some issues before January next year.
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JSH50 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
Yes,My next trip will probable be my last chance to s these iconic loco's
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shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Perhaps we could take a train to Dinslaken, that's where most of the booster trains come through in the evening, with nice lighting to boot. [link] Will have to see whether that's still the case though, perhaps they switched to 111s by now.
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JSH50 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
That would be good! My mate Mark he's into freights so we will be spending most of the time at West and Gremberg.
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